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Naughton becomes fifth Hull FC signing for 2015

Following a new deal for Callum Lancaster, Hull FC have announced the signing of another young English player with a move for Curtis Naughton from Sydney Roosters.

The former England Academy and Bradford Bulls player has spent the last year in Australia with the Roosters, but is returning to Super League with the Black and Whites for 2015 on an initial one-year deal, with the club holding the option of a further 12-months.

It makes the 19-year old Hull's fifth signing ahead of the 2015 season and adds even more competition to Lee Radford's growing number of exciting outside backs.

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Gene leaves the Robins

Hull Kingston Rovers assistant first team coach Stanley Gene has left the club with the former Papua New Guinea international now expected to take up a full-time role with Gateshead.

Gene, who made more than 170 appearances for the Robins as a player, has divided his time this season between his position at the KC Lightstream Stadium and working part-time as head coach of the Thunder.

Steering KR’s partner club to the play-offs in Championship 1, he is now set to take up a full-time position in the North East after Rovers boss Chris Chester opted to bring in his own staff for 2015.

I’m disappointed that I won’t be staying at Rovers, a club that means a lot to me, but I wish everybody here all the best for next season.

I had a chat with Chezzy when he took over about what he had in mind for next year and he was up front about wanting to bring his own people in. It was tough to take at first but I understand his reasons why.

I’ve learned a lot over the past three years and I’m grateful to Hull KR for giving me an opportunity to come back to the club after my playing days finished. I love the club and the fans and I leave with some great memories. I’ll be in the stands supporting the team as often as I can next season and who knows, maybe I’ll be back here as a coach one day.

You have to move on in life and I’m excited about taking on a bigger role at Gateshead. I’m really proud of what the team achieved this season and my focus now is on having another good year in 2015.

– Stanley Gene

Sheffield Eagles to return to site of old Don Valley Stadium

Olympic Park Legacy Park

Sheffield Eagles have announced they will be returning to the site of the old Don Valley Stadium when they move into a new community stadium in the Olympic Legacy Park.

The Eagles have secured a £6m investment to fund the building of stadium, which will feature a high quality synthetic pitch, an impressive main stand, a 50-bed hotel, catering and hospitality areas, and facilities developed in partnership with Sheffield’s second University Technical College.

Plans for the new Legacy Park are well advanced and the first phase of the re-development is already underway with the building of a new through school catering for children from 2 to 16 years. The school will open its Primary phase in September 2015, with the second phase opening a year later.

At the same time, Sheffield’s second University Technical College (UTC) will open on the same site, specialising in human sciences and digital technologies.

Olympic Park Legacy Park

When we heard that Don Valley was to close we realised that this could be a terminal blow to Sheffield Eagles as a club, but we have always had to work hard against the odds to survive, so we rolled up our sleeves, thought creatively and formed partnerships with others who have shared a common vision of securing a long term legacy in sport, health and well-being for the site.

At first many said that it was just a pipe dream that would never happen, but we had to make it happen if Eagles were to survive and thrive in Sheffield and the game of Rugby League not be lost to this great city. We have worked with some remarkably talented and visionary people on this project and it is an outstanding testament to what can be achieved by genuine partnership working.

The new stadium will be like no other in this country, in that it will be designed and managed to have multiple uses that reflect the needs of the broader community as well as being a top class facility for performance rugby of both codes. Unlike many sports stadia that has limited uses this one will be constantly in use - for educational and research purposes, community activities, sports development and health and well being support, as well as a venue for professional rugby - and Sheffield Eagles are proud to be part of that as a true community club.

– Ian Anniss, Sheffield Eagles Director of Community, Development and Education
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Bulls stars launch " Sleep Out"

Bradford Bulls stars are urging the public to join them in swapping their beds for sleeping bags at Provident Stadium, Odsal, for a 'Sleep Out' – in aid of youth homelessness charity Centrepoint and the Bradford Bulls Foundation.

Bradford Bulls stars plan to sleep out for charity Credit: Bradford Bulls

Matty Blythe, Adam Sidlow and Lee Gaskell joined Bulls chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul in posing in sleeping bags to launch the fundraiser, which will be taking place in Bradford – for the first time – on Thursday November 6.

Blythe, Sidlow, Gaskell and Hunter-Paul will be joined in the sleep out by the club’s commercial manager Rob Parker and are targeting a further 200 people to join them.

Money raised by the event will be divided equally between the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, which works with more than 300 vulnerable 16-25 year-olds in the Bradford area, and The Bulls Foundation, which uses the power of sport to educate, motivate and inspire the local community with sport and education.

We are delighted to be supporting such an incredible, worthwhile cause and fundraising in such a groundbreaking and innovative manner.

“We would love to see as many people as possible getting involved with this scheme, as we aim to raise huge funds for our official charity, The Bulls Foundation, and Centrepoint, who work tirelessly to support struggling youngsters in our city.

“I myself will be 'hitting the hay' in the Provident Stand and I will be joined by plenty of James Lowes' first-team squad too, so come on down, wrap up warm, get involved and help us do our bit for the local community.”

– Robbie Hunter-Paul, Bradford Bulls chief executive

Sleepers who bed down at the Provident Stadium will get the chance to tour the famous home of the Bulls, meet the players and enjoy local entertainment.

Local restaurant MyLahore is laying on a curry buffet during the evening and Bradford-based supermarket Morrisons will be offering a survivors breakfast for participants who have braved the November night.

80,000 young people face homelessness each year in the UK each year – enough to fill the Provident Stadium nearly four times over. Too many of these young people are exposed to the dangers of the streets.

“That is why we’re asking people to give up the comfort of their beds for just one night. Sleep Out doesn’t aim to replicate the experience that’s impossible.

" But taking part will give people a small insight into what too many young people go through every night, and the money raised will help Centrepoint provide the support they need to leave homelessness behind.”

– Faye Wilson, Centrepoint Regional Fundraising Manager,

Visit www.sleep-out.org.uk to sign up. Registration is £25 and participants are encouraged to raise £250.

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Knights part with Head Coach

York City Knights have announced that Head Coach Gary Thornton will not be with the club next season.

Knights part with Head Coach Credit: York City Knights

The club say they discussed the possibility of him becoming Director of Rugby but Thornton opted to look for coaching jobs elsewhere.

Gary Thornton is a top man, who has served the club well in difficult times. He leaves the club after winning the league but unfortunately failed to meet the club’s goal of achieving promotion. The club will now put in place a three year plan to develop the squad into a team capable of winning promotion next year and strong enough to compete in the Championship.

– John Guildford
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The FA confirm Hull City name change appeal

Hull fans are strongly opposed to any name change. Credit: PA

The Football Association has confirmed that Hull City will appeal the FA Council's decision to reject an application to change the Premier League club's name.

In a statement, the FA revealed that Hull City have "chosen to commence an arbitration under Rule K of the Rules and Regulations of The Football Association to challenge the decision of The FA Council."

Although FA rules state that any such challenges must remain confidential, they have decided to confirm the arbitration "in the interests of the supporters" and promised to make a further announcement once a decision has been reached.

In April 2014, the FA Council rejected an application from Hull City owner Assem Allam to change the club's name to Hull Tigers.

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